Rosa - Bordeaux Cruise
Cruise gently through the 1,900 foot Agen Aqueduct
Tour and wine tasting in the famous UNESCO-listed Saint Émilion
Visit Château de Duras, the medieval town of Nerac and the colourful market of Aiguillon
Wine and cheese tastings as per itinerary
Rosa features a clipper-style barge that was built in Netherlands in 1907. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1990. Beautiful and elegant, this barge was featured in the successful television series, "Rick Stein’s French Odyssey" where it was taken on a relaxing voyage across the colourful, captivating part of southern France. Rosa features a dining room, saloon bar, sun deck and 4 staterooms accommodating 8 passengers with full en-suite facilities. The crew includes the captain, tour guide, master chef and a housekeeper. There are bikes available for guests. Rosa still cruises in the calmer canals of southwest France, taking you to captivating locations such as the famous Saint Émilion, the impressive Château de Duras, the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct, and other stunning places known for wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings.
April 12, 19, 26
May 03 , 10, 17, 24, 31
June 07, 14, 21, 28
July 05, 12,19, 26
August 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
September 06,13, 20, 27
October 04, 11, 18, 25
Guests meet at the designated meeting point and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board.
Enjoy a morning cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne, where you will cross the Pont Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. After lunch, you will visit the medieval town of Nerac. Finally, you'll stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.
This morning, you will depart early to enjoy the colourful market of Aiguillon and then cruise to the mooring spot at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty fortified village with pastel-coloured houses. After lunch, head to the 13th century bastide village of Vianne and see a skilled glassblower at work. En-route back to the barge, you will visit the cork museum at Mezin to learn about the history of cork-making. In the evening, you will go to Barbaste with its fortified mill and enjoy dinner ashore at ‘Le Moulin des Saveurs’, a local auberge in Barbaste.
You will start the day with a relaxing cruise to the lovely little village of Le Mas d’Agenais, with time to walk or cycle the towpath through the stunning countryside. This afternoon, you’ll visit a cheese workshop to see the different stages of manufacture of cheese and enjoy a tasting of goats’ cheeses. On our way back to the hotel barge, we'll visit the Romanesque Church containing an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. Dinner on board.
Enjoy a morning cruise to the village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne with a view over the valley of the Garonne. In the afternoon, you will visit the 14th century Château de Duras. You'll wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.
Today, your final cruise is to Castet-en-Dorthe, following the nearby River Garonne. In the afternoon, visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of premier and grand crus wines, where you will discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting. This evening, we have the Captain’s farewell dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark Rosa and transfer to the designated drop off point.
per person, twin share
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Itinerary is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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